Arizona GOPer Went Birther, Compared Poor to ‘Lazy Pigs’ in Anonymous Blog Comments
A Republican official in Arizona on Wednesday confirmed something that’s long been suspected.
State schools superintendent John Huppenthal has been a prolific and often incendiary anonymous commenter on local political blogs.
Under various pseudonyms, including Falcon9, Thucky and Thucydides, Huppenthal has authored hundreds of comments at the progressive Blog for Arizona since at least 2011.
He engaged in self-promotion, writing in February that he’s “sure” Huppenthal, who’s up for re-election this year, “will be our next superintendent.”
He once decried Barack Obama for “rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV’s (typical of ‘poor’ families).” and even went birther, claiming that the president wrote in his memoir that “he was born in Kenya!!!”
In one comment, he compared Margaret Sanger to Adolf Hitler, writing that the Planned Parenthood founder “fed 16 million African-Americans into the abortion mills. He also argued that Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “disastrous economic policies drug down the whole world and directly led to the rise of a no-name hack named Adolph Hitler who was going nowhere until Germany’s economy went into the tank.”
Attorney Bob Lord, who writes at the Blog for Arizona, has long believed that Huppenthal was behind the comments. He told TPM last week, before the superintendent’s admission, that he’d traced the IP address linked to one of the comments to a computer inside the Department of Education Building.